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Millennial Debt Foundation hires Tucker McClendon

The Millennial Debt Foundation has expanded its team with the hiring of Tucker McClendon as director of events. McClendon comes to MDF after three years as manager of the Chattanooga Market with Public Markets Inc., and he currently serves as the District 8 representative on the Hamilton County Board of Education.

"Tucker will be a strong addition to the MDF team as we continue to plan more events across the country raising awareness about the need for stewardship in government," said Weston Wamp, who founded MDF in 2019 to address the exploding national debt and its impact on future generations.

In his new role, McClendon will be responsible for planning and executing all events, digital and in-person for MDF, which has organized events featuring prominent state and federal officials in Texas, Tennessee and Wisconsin in 2021. MDF is currently planning events in Atlanta, Oklahoma City and Miami for late summer and early fall of this year.

McClendon was elected to the Hamilton County School Board in 2018 and is the youngest elected official serving in Hamilton County. He has managed some of the largest events in the Chattanooga area while at the Chattanooga Market and was named one of Chattanooga's 20 under 40 in 2020. McClendon holds a degree in political science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

"I'm excited to join MDF and be a part of its mission to lead conversations regarding fiscal responsibility," McClendon said. "I look forward to helping expand that conversation through world-class events that will include some of the most notable voices in politics and leaders from the private sector."


Tim Gehring joins Bridge Public Affairs to add international experience

Tim Gehring has joined the Chattanooga-based Bridge Public Affairs as a vice president. In this role, Gehring will leverage his extensive experience and relationships in the foreign policy, human rights in corporate supply chains, non-profit and advocacy spaces to further build out the firm's international affairs practice. Bridge currently serves a number of large multi-national corporations.

Gehring previously served as senior congressional affairs advisor in both the Trump and Biden administrations for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State. Previously, Gehring worked for eight years in a number of capacities at International Justice Mission, ultimately serving as the organization's director of global policy and partnerships.

"I've had the opportunity to work with Tim on a number of initiatives over the years and see firsthand his impressive intellect, ability to tackle difficult problems and the great care he has for the people with whom he works," said Todd Womack, president and CEO of Bridge Public Affairs. "I can't imagine a better fit for our team and couldn't be more excited to have him joining us as we continue to build out our international affairs practice."


Siskin's Kyle Binkley earns geriatric certification

Siskin Hospital announces that Kyle Binkley, DPT, has recently passed the Geriatric Certified Specialist exam by the American Physical Therapy Association.

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Kyle Binkley

Binkley is director of Siskin Hospital's outpatient therapy services. He specializes in orthopedic spine treatment, neurological conditions and the treatment of the geriatric population. He is certified in mechanical diagnosis and therapy, which is also known as the McKenzie Method of physical therapy.

The Geriatric Certified Specialist certification is for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge and experience that are committed to providing the best evidenced-based care to older adults.


Ortwein Sign wins Mid-South Sign Association design contest

Ortwein Sign has won first place in the Wall Mounted/Channel Letters category at this year's Mid-South Sign Association design contest.

Ortwein's entry this year is a neon-lit blade sign custom built for Greg Wyatt's Vintage Corvette storefront in Summerville, Georgia. Greg Wyatt purchased a historic building for his store in Summerville, Georgia. The building was previously home to Davis Brothers Motor Co. in the early 1950s, and later Jackson Chevrolet. Wyatt was looking for a series of signs that use neon and vintage-inspired designs to fit the look of the historic sign that then adorned the building.

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Staff file photo / Colleen and Jim Teal are the owners of Ortwein Sign.

"We love projects like these that let us show off our love for vintage signs," said Colleen Teal, Ortwein Sign's president. "Thanks to our many years crafting new signs, and restoring vintage signs, our team has the knowledge to blend those skills together to craft signs like this that look vintage, include real neon made in-house by our team, and still are made to fit modern safety standards."

This is Ortwein Sign's second consecutive year winning 1st place in a category prize, after winning for Large Freestanding Sign in 2020, and this is the company's third award, including Best Sign Overall for Songbirds in 2017, in the Mid-South Sign Association design contest.

Ortwein Sign has been in business since 1923. After new ownership acquired Ortwein Sign in 2007, and with the addition of a Nashville office in 2018, Ortwein Sign has continued to grow and expand its services out to more and more clients throughout the Southeast.


Hamilton County election commissioner appointed to national board

Secretary of State Tre Hargett appointed Hamilton County Election Commissioner Secondra Diane Meadows to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission Standards Board in compliance with the Help America Vote Act of 2002.

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Secondra Diane Meadows

The EAC standards board provides advice, guidance and support to the commission on the development of voluntary voting system guidelines, a set of specifications and requirements against which voting systems can be tested to determine if the systems meet required standards.

"Commissioner Meadows has served the citizens of Hamilton County with integrity and a commitment to accurate results," Hargett said. "I am confident she will proudly represent the people of Tennessee on the EAC Standards Board."

The bipartisan EAC Standards Board was created by HAVA and consists of 55 state election officials and 55 local election officials who are nominated by the chief state election official. Each state is represented by one state election official as well as one local election official, and they must represent different parties. Meadows will serve on behalf of local election officials and as the Democratic representative from Tennessee.

Meadows was appointed to the Hamilton County Election Commission in 2018, 2019 and 2021. She also serves as the Hamilton County Election Commission Secretary.


Rick Causer joins WWTA board

Rick Causer has been appointed to serve as the Red Bank representative on the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority.

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Rick Causer

Causer is retired from the United States Air Force, and worked in civil service with the Department of Defense for 13 years following the USAF. Causer served as commissioner of Red Bank from 2012 through 2016, and also previously served as a WWTA board commissioner during that time. While serving on the WWTA board, he worked on the legal, finance and planning committees.

"I have enjoyed serving on the board and being a part of something much bigger than myself," said Causer. "I have learned and continue to learn valuable information from the knowledgeable members of the WWTA board and staff."


Leah Williams joins Oaklyn Consulting as communications consultant

Chattanooga-based mergers, acquisitions and capital-raising consulting firm Oaklyn Consulting announced that Leah Williams has joined the firm as an investor communications consultant.

In this role, Williams will help Oaklyn's client base of entrepreneurs and business owners present the story of their businesses to investors and lenders in a clear, persuasive way. Drawing from a background in writing and graphic design and her own business experience, she will combine the elements of clients' business plans into compelling presentations that focus on the needs of capital providers.

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Leah Williams

"We're pleased to have Leah join our team at Oaklyn Consulting," said Frank Williamson, CEO of the company. "Success at raising capital certainly depends on getting the numbers right. But it's also crucial to tell well-crafted stories to investors and lenders, who are looking for strong business builders who will be good stewards of capital. Leah brings a unique perspective and set of skills to this work, and she will complement our team of financial experts that helps companies navigate mergers, acquisitions, capital raising and other significant financial transactions."

Williams comes to Oaklyn with 13 years of combined experience in writing and presentation design during which she's supported some of the world's most respected ad agencies, brands, tech and media companies. Her previous clients include McCann, Ogilvy, The Weather Channel, Discovery Channel, Gap, Equinox, Landor, Ann Taylor/LOFT and Twilio. In addition, she has taught courses for the NASA Internship Program, The University of Chicago's Polsky Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Innovation Depot in Birmingham, Alabama.


Beverly Edge promoted to partner at HHM CPAs

HHM CPAs, a full-service accounting and consulting firm with locations in Chattanooga and Memphis, announces the promotion of Beverly Edge to partner in its Chattanooga office. Edge will remain chief operating officer and general counsel as she steps into her new partnership role.

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Beverly Edge

"We are fortunate to have Beverly's depth of knowledge and her unique skillset as she expands her leadership role with the firm," said Donnie Hutcherson, Managing Partner at HHM CPAs. "Since she joined us in 2020, her immense impact has enhanced all areas of the firm."

Edge joined HHM CPAs in 2020 as chief operating officer and general counsel. A practicing attorney for over 20 years, Edge arrived to HHM CPAS equipped to step into an operations role focusing on improving the overall client experience and driving firm growth. Prior to her role at HHM CPAs, she was a member at a local law firm where she handled mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, aircraft transactions and general representation of closely held businesses.

Edge holds degrees from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a bachelor of science in business administration, accounting, and from the University of Georgia with a juris doctor. She is a member of the Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute, Chattanooga Tax Practitioners, Southeast Tennessee Lawyers Association of Women, the National Association of Dealer Counsel and several bar associations.

— Compiled by Brandi Dixon

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